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Wednesday, 27 March 1968

Mr GORTON -I believe the question of awards by the Australian Government, on the recommendation of the GovernorGeneral, to Australian servicemen for acts of gallantry carried out in the field has been considered or is under consideration by the Minister for Defence and other Ministers. A number of factors are bound up in this question which I think need fairly careful consideration. Of course recommendations that are made for awards to Australian servicemen are made to the Queen as Queen of Australia, but they are British awards. On the other hand, there is a long history of tradition behind awards of the kind the honourable member refers to, such as the Military Cross or the Distinguished Service Order, and this, I think, is not lightly to be discarded. However, the question of some additional awards is. I believe, one that could well be considered.

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